Review: The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

December 31, 2017 Book 0 ★★★★

Review: The Burning Page by Genevieve CogmanThe Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley Publishing, Roc on January 10th, 2017
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four-stars

Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another “tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure,” (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.

Never judge a book by its cover...

Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency of finding both Irene and her apprentice, Kai—a dragon prince—and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle...

Irene’s longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library—and make sure Irene goes down with it.

With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close—someone she never expected to betray her...

In the third installment of The Invisible Library series, Genevieve Cogman was able to impress readers yet again with the wonderful multi-dimensional settings and action. Loose ends were tied regarding the main villain, though leaving more questions in its wake.

Irene was just as kickass as in the previous two books as she faces the possible destruction of her beloved Library in the hands of Alberich, a feared ex-Librarian corrupted by Chaos. We’re able to see previous characters, especially Kai and Vale, with whom an unexpected set of romantic emotions are presented but that doesn’t distract from the main plot.

I would’ve been content with the series ending with this book as the stakes were higher and all the nightmares we imagined from book one are thrown at us. However, the end left a bit to be desired, a certain resolution that would close as many doubts about Alberich as possible. This has left me dubious as to when to start reading the fourth book, The Lost Plot.

Overall, The Burning Page, as its successors, was explosive with imagination, tension, action and a love for books that make me enjoy these so much. Irene is an inspiration for everyone, as she is incredibly cunning, smart, goal-oriented and fiercely loyal, with common fears but capable of overcoming them, or just doing the reckless things with the fear pushed aside for a bit. Genevieve Cogman’s storytelling skills are, as always, effortless to read and the most colorful when describing her characters, actions, and my favorite, settings and architecture. Whatever she writes, I will read happily.

Rating: 4 stars

 

The fourth book in The Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot, comes out next January 8th, 2017! Click here to add on Goodreads.com 

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂